urkina Faso and Mali, two of Niger’s neighbors, have issued a stern warning against any foreign intervention in the country, following a military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum last week. The two countries said that any attempt to use force to restore Bazoum to power would be considered a “declaration of war” against them and their people.
The warning came in a joint statement released on Monday, in which the governments of Burkina Faso and Mali expressed their “fraternal solidarity” with the people of Niger, who they said had decided to “take their destiny in hand and assume the fullness of their sovereignty before history”. The statement also rejected the “illegal, illegitimate and inhumane sanctions” imposed by some international actors on the Nigerien authorities and people.
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